100 years movie

Director Robert Rodriguez has always been game for experimentation and actor John Malkovich has never shied away from odd projects, but their new collaboration, titled 100 Years, is something else entirely. Although it’s technically a promotional stunt for Louis XIII Cognac, a luxury item that costs more than most human beings make in a month, this film can’t help but make a fascinating artistic statement by its very nature.

Because it won’t be released for a century. Seriously. 100 Years won’t be screened anywhere until 2115. Even the teasers that have been released don’t contain footage from the actual movie. The gimmick is that is takes 100 years to properly age Louis XIII into a bottle of booze that only millionaires can afford, so what happens when you let a top secret Rodriguez/Malkovich project sit around for a century?

Hit the jump a few teasers and some more information on the 100 Years movie.

Here’s the official statement on the project from Ludovic du Plessis, the global executive director of Louis XIII (via i09):

Louis XIII is a true testament to the mastery of time and we sought to create a proactive piece of art that explores the dynamic relationship of the past, present and future.

Nobody involved in the project will say what it’s about, so all we know is that the film is set in the present and is “emotionally charged.” In other words, the movie that is being stored away in a time-locked safe is nothing like the three (very silly) teasers below, each of which takes place in a different version of 2115 and finds Malkovich and co-stars Marko Zaror and Shuya Chang being present for the safe’s grand opening:

To ensure that people still give a crap about 100 Years a century from now, the Louis XIII team are sending out unique metal tickets to the November 18, 2115 premiere to 1,000 “influential” people around the world, which can then be passed down over the generations. In other worlds, the grandchildren of people wealthy enough to buy a $3,000 bottle of cognac right now will be the first people to see a screening of the final film from the man who made The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

We joke, but in an age where Red Bull is financing jumps from the edge of space and casinos are hiring Martin Scorsese to direct extended commercials starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s totally acceptable for a high-end cognac company to get behind such a weird art project like this. The fact that his movie exists and it sitting in a vault awaiting its audience is a fascinating concept and one worthy of discussion. Is a movie art if you’ll never get the chance to see it? What is art without an audience?

You can ponder that as you watch this brief featurette, which also features zero footage from the actual movie.

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